Opinion: England's late disallowed try could be the decisive moment in this year's Six Nations 7 years ago

Opinion: England's late disallowed try could be the decisive moment in this year's Six Nations

This non-score could yet prove to be absolutely vital.

Joe Schmidt was the most chilled we have ever seen him, post-match, as he basked in a win that has put his side in the championship's pole position.

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He said, 'Even our points differential has been aided by that 10-point swing today. That's a 20-point swing with England, which is, potentially, really important as they have two home games and could accumulate a few points and put a bit of pressure on.'

England had a try rubbed out in the final play of their 19-9 loss to Ireland. Billy Twelvetrees passed to winger Jack Nowell, who slid low to score in the left-hand corner.

It seemed like a perfectly good score but Craig Joubert's touch judge called it forward. Had it been converted, England would have lost 19-16 and their points differential would have been +32, instead of the current +25. Ireland are now at +40 but the try concession would have made it +33.

Here is a video clip of the forward pass and (non)try.

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The BBC and RTE feed are the same so both cut away as Twelvetrees releases the ball. However, check out the position of both players just before the release:

Twelvetrees forward pass

A split second after the release and Twelvetrees is 11-metres out.

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Twelvetrees forward pass 1

When Nowell receives the ball we can see Twelvetrees, thanks to forward momentum, being ahead of him. Still, look at that line of mowed grass. Nowell is well behind it [around 11-metres].

Twelvetrees forward pass 2

England coach Stuart Lancaster blamed his team's indiscipline and lack of killer instinct, post-match, but did not once mention the non-try in his media briefing.

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The broadcasters opted against showing a replay as Joubert immediately blew the game up. On the BBC, co-commentator Brian Moore suggested the proper decision must have been made as the touch judge was in line with play.

As the try would only have proved a consolation, it did not merit any post-match debate.

However, with Ireland, Wales and England all still in contention for the championship, the decision to penalise Twelvetrees could yet play a crucial part in the final destination of the trophy.